Monday, February 25, 2013

Maple Syrup Festival

On Saturday we loaded up in the van and headed an hour or so south of her to a maple syrup festival.  The weather cooperated and it actually was a very pretty day.  I ADORE little festivals like this and being with my family.  It was a splendid afternoon.  We went with some special little friends and that made it even better.  The kiddos went on a scavenger hunt to find things like pinecones, leaves, nuts, and rocks.  After they collected their goods, they each received a bag of maple syrup cotton candy which was a huge hit!
The kids got to see a teepee and how Native Americans made maple syrup. They hollowed out a log, lined it with pine sap, filled it with the maple tree sap, then put very hot granite rocks in the sap to create the syrup. Very cool!
Daddy and Peanut tried to cut through a log with this old time saw. Peanut didn't get very far so Daddy and I finished. We concluded that those men had some crazy strong muscles after cutting through trees all day long with saws like this one.
The girls were able to have the "log cookie" branded with a maple tree leaf to remember our special day.
The coolest thing at the festival was this old fashioned merry-go-round. The kids LOVED it. They got to spin around and it went up and down. There were loud fits of giggles from this! IMG_1656 IMG_1670 IMG_1675
The kiddos fed a mini llama. Check out those grins! IMG_1681
We ended our visit in a special kid area where they got to play dress up with pioneer clothes, do some arts and crafts, and make a candle!
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We left with happy hearts and our memory tanks filled, oh...and of course some maple syrup and more maple syrup cotton candy!

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